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Title:A Trilogy of Tyranny and Tribulation: Village Politics and Administrative Intervention in Matatiele during the Early 1980s
Author:Spiegel, Andrew D.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies
Geographic terms:South Africa
Subjects:traditional polities
local government
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Politics and Government
Abstract:Transkei villagers have long faced the demands of three separate local administrative structures, all of which have intruded in their lives. The first is the local chiefs' and headmen's administration established by South Africa's Bantu Authorities Act (1951) and implemented in the Transkei in 1956. The second is the Transkei civil service which finds its local manifestation in the district administration, and is, at least in part, still effectively under magisterial control. The third is the ubiquitous presence of the Transkei police and their informer network. This paper focuses on how these three administrative structures impinged, separately and in conjunction, on the lives of the residents of Mabua, a village in Matatiele where the author conducted fieldwork during the years 1982-1985. The local-level effects of the three administrative structures and their interaction are demonstrated through case studies which show how individuals used one or more structure for personal advancement, while less powerful others suffered their impact. Bibliogr., notes, ref.